31 mar. 2011

I know you don't care, but I've got to vent somewhere that my fucking iTunes is once again stuck backing up my fucking iPad.

 

Grosse frayeur, mon terminal qui se remplit d'erreurs SQL d'un coup. Ah ben non, j'avais accidentellement scrollé aux erreurs de ce matin.

 

RT @danielpunkass: “Proposal: car horn must sound twice as loud inside car as outside car.”

 

Yes, I forgot to write down that I'd changed max_connections on the previous server and my websites were unusable all day. It happens, okay?

 

I'm sure it makes complete sense for Ubuntu's mysql package to stick to the default 151 max connections.

 

My website's users have uploaded 94 GB of pictures (22% of which naughty) since its creation. Not too shabby when you look at it this way.

 

30 mar.

Silk S1 was pretty great, but I really wish they had spared us the clichéd karmic punishment for having gotten a sociopath acquitted.

 

So the British judicial system hires private barristers to prosecute cases? How could anyone ever design such a huge conflict of interest?

 

Do I contact Apple so that they boot Grindr off the App Store for advertising their Android app?

 

On ne mange pas assez souvent de croissants. Mmm.

 

An iPad 2's worth of hard drives.

 

What happens when your push certificate expires on the same day you move your site to a new server is, you waste three hours debugging it.

 

29 mar.

I may have already said this before, but: Instapaper for iPad has finished what Twitter had begun, and completely killed my blog.

 

I refuse to believe that there is widespread civilian demand — or use — for something like Amazon Cloud Player.

 

All my paid apps have been gone from the App Store for two days because I didn't click a button in iTunes Connect. I really don't think I was ever notified.

 

28 mar.

I'd pay $0.03 for a system extension that would highlight non-breaking spaces with a yellow background in all editable text fields.

 

To do: remember that I'm on a Mac and I can type non-breaking spaces in my tweets.

 

Un inconnu répond à vos tweets publics en vous envoyant des SMS, vous appelez la police, non ?

 

I'd just like to know why muting clients and hashtags in Echofon only applies to the timeline, not to lists.

 

Dreamed I played the most realistic open-world game ever; woke up to this stupid puzzle game where I've been stuck in a room for two years.

 

Ohhh. On iPad you can swipe up on a letter to get to the variants; you don't have to hold and wait for the popup (unlike on the iPhone).

 

Yup, still INTP.

 

26 mar.

Skyline — Holy shit, I think that might actually be the most unredeemable scifi movie ever, and I don't say that lightly.

 

Why do sci-fi shows always play with the girl's reproductive systems but they've never cut a male character's dick off?

 

My life would have been so, so much nicer if the standard had been for innerHTML to include user-edited form values.

 

Oh hai, my blog's edit page. Long time no see. Sorry, I'm just passing through to test a javascript thing.

 

LiveSketch HD for iPad is free and has a really cool and clever way of making something pretty out of your fat fingers' input.

 

25 mar.

I'm sad to remove Lifehacker and Kotaku from my Google Reader account but I'm fed up with the permalinks never working. Done.

 

Amazing how sluggish my homemade RSS reader on iPad becomes with 1000+ unread. It's reassuring that Reeder behaves so much worse, but still.

 

24 mar.

Maybe that means it's time for me to get a Drobo, and plug it over Firewire if I'm not gonna have any USB ports left on that stupid thing.

 

My Mac mini keeps unmounting my USB drives and blaming me for it. Plugged to another Mac, the drives appear to work fine. Suggestions?

 

Il y a une raison valable pour que l'Afnic rejette tout réglage qui déclenche un warning Zonecheck, où ils sont juste complètement tarés ?

 

I'm trying to give The Fountain a second chance, but there's an awful lot of shots of actors looking meaningfully into the camera.

 

Et en plus ils vendent des boîtes de conserve qui ne s'empilent pas.

 

Il y a quelqu'un qui me hait chez Leclerc et arrête de commander tous les produits que j'achète. Nous ne voyons pas d'autre explication.

 

23 mar.

Also, I think anyone using Chameleon to port their iOS app to OS X is a lazy fool, but that's just me.

 

Really, really annoying to have so many mentions of "chameleon" in the tech blogs on the day after I watched my last ever episode of HIMYM.

 

22 mar.

How I Met Your Mother getting renewed for two years, it's time to give up. Sad, but it's only gonna get worse.

 

Shameless (US) isn't what I consider fun to watch but, damn, there's too much cuteness in the cast to turn off the TV.

 

21 mar.

20 mar.

Watching a walkthrough of Amnesia: The Dark Descent, and the main voice actor sounds like he's reading a kids' book.

 

19 mar.

Fringe 3.17 — As funny and well done as that was, it was really distracting and cringe-inducing. Thankfully there wasn't too much of her.

 

Kaboom — I like my softcore porn to be a little more straightforward than this, but… oh well, it was hot.

 

18 mar.

After something happened in Xcode 3 you clicked the main window and were back to work. Now you've got to undo half a dozen mode switches.

 

17 mar.

My only gripe is, I don't think you can shout "We need to split them up!" when you've only got one ship. (Clearly that unravels the whole movie.)

 

Tron: Legacy — What's with the hate? It's really pretty. And that's pretty much all that you could ask of it.

 

Looks like I'm gonna spend the entire day trying to get Xcode 4 to produce a binary I can send to my beta testers.

 

“Imperfections.app”

I have about 15 apps on my iPhone from great third-party developers and I want to rewrite every single one of them. There is not really anything horrifically wrong with the apps most of the time, but there are the little details missing that drive me nuts or features I’d implement differently. […]

One of the hardest parts of software development is learning to turn your back on this urge and say no.

So true.

 

15 mar.

Custom keyboard shortcuts are nice, but I can never remember what's the one I made for opening an .htaccess file in the current folder.

 

14 mar.

Start updating a dozen apps on your iPad: all of them become unavailable. And if the first download is a 1GB game, your loss. Pfft.

 

Damn, now I want Outcasts to get a second season. Why is British TV so good at making you care a bit about characters?

 

"Whatever Happened To Jaye Davidson?"

Didn't expect that when I started the googling.

 

13 mar.

Someone needs to make a cloud service that allows me to delete finished games from my iPhone / iPad without losing my saves.

 

Silly Earth. It still hopes that doing a Deepwater Horizon or a Fukushima is gonna make us think of reducing our energy consumption.

 

12 mar.

Fringe 3.16 — I need to make a ringtone of that scene to see if it still makes me break into fits of laughter after a hundred listens.

 

They're still releasing Narnia movies?

 

Outcasts 1.01–1.05 — Copying the most annoying parts of Battlestar Galactica and none of the fun bits. Yet not altogether uninteresting.

 

11 mar.

The Rock Band to Rock Band 3 export process refuses to carry the Tokio Hotel song over. I'm devastated.

 

The Questionable Content characters' Twitter accounts make me want to launch my own clique of fictional accounts. Then I remember I'm lazy.

 

Passive-aggressive software of the week: the new Instapaper's "Be Helpful" / "Don't Bother Me" toggle switch.

 

Fuck that, gonna have to open the files in Excel, export them to a more sensible Excel format then use NeoOffice to convert to CSV. Winning.

 

10 mar.

I don't have a simple alternative to offer but I really don't like how the Reply button moves around on Echofon Mac when there's a picture.

 

Oh, come on. Excel 2011 exports to CSV… only in Mac OS Roman encoding.

 

My inbox is disturbingly quiet. Did Google Apps take it upon itself to mark my clients' messages as spam? Bless its shiny metal soul.

 

I feel like selling my white MacBook and buying a 13-inch MacBook Pro instead. Discuss.

 

I don't know whether to stop watching Mr Sunshine because the show's lame or because it saddens me to see Allison Janney stuck in it.

 

Of all the data Facebook likes to make public, why did they remove the bit where you could actually see the people who want to friend you?

 

9 mar.

Echofon for Mac just added inline thumbnails and, see, I'd be super frustrated if I'd bought it on the App Store where it's not updated yet.

 

Wish I could unsubscribe from tech blogs that post unrelated images just to stand out in my aggregator. But I'd have nothing left to read.

 

8 mar.

I'm getting really tired of Google's "Showing results for another search. Click here if you actually meant what you typed."

 

7 mar.

“Mac OS X Lion Includes Many Small but Significant Changes”

In the Snow Leopard Finder, when you change the view style from, say, icon view to list view, that change is applied to all folders unless otherwise specified in the view options. In Lion, when you apply a view style, it’s only applied to that folder, which will always open in that view style. If you uncheck this setting in the view options, that folder will always open in icon view instead.

Yay!

 

I'm always kind of offended when I see a photo of a straight couple in my "People You May Know." Or worse, people with kids. Obviously.

 

Anyone to rewrite my nightly backup script for me? I need to add an '--exclude' to my 'tar' and just can't find the strength.

 

6 mar.

3001: The Final Odyssey — Retcon, bullshit retcon, lazy retcon. Couldn't he really leave well enough alone?

 

5 mar.

2061, Odyssey Three — The sequels to 2001 feel a lot more dated than the original. You'd never imagine they were written twenty years later.

 

4 mar.

“The Case Against Drop-down Identities”

Similarly, to beat Facebook at social you have to look at its faults, and capitalize on them. Facebook’s Achilles heel is the way it forces its worldview on its users. On Facebook, you can only "like" something. You can’t love it, or hate it, or say it made you laugh, or made you sad, or unequivocally recommend it to your friends, or recommend it with some caveats. You can only "friend" someone, you can’t make someone’s acquaintance, or say they’re an old high school classmate, or the annoying guy who sat behind you in one lecture in college, or an ex-lover. […]

The best way to innovate in social is make a product that helps people express themselves and identify themselves more freely and fully, to capture nuances in identity and relationships that other networks don’t.

 

3 mar.

I'm having a pirate friend try 10.7's autosave and file lock for me, and he confirms that it sucks in all the ways I expected it did. Argh.

 

Ow, my old iPad is unbearably heavy. Arm and wrist in pain. Gonna need to do something about that. No choice. Doctor's orders.

 

Oh, yeah, a thing I intended to say if the rumored design was real: the original iPad's bulging back makes it easier to pick up on a table.

 

I'll confess: if I didn't need to keep my 1st-gen iPad forever for development purposes, I'd probably be looking to trade up.

 

2 mar.

Apple Keynote – March 2, 2010

I think it’s pretty interesting that Apple considers the announcement of iPad 2 — with absolutely no surprise whatsoever, nothing revolutionary at all — to be worthy of a whole keynote. So it’s a little faster. So it’s a little thinner. So it’s got cameras. What else? Nothing. Really nothing.

 

It looks like Apple has enjoyed the “using the iPad as a knife” meme, and decided that the new version’s profile should be even sharper. Since Ive promises that it’s more comfortable to hold than before, I’m going to assume that they’ve bothered to make the angle a bit smoother this time, though.

So… it’s thinner. That’s cool. I’d like to say that I don’t care, but I kinda wish I could wake up on March 11th and have my iPad suddenly be a bit thinner, and a bit lighter. Still, it’s not getting to the point that I’d buy a new one. Same thing for the faster processor or the cameras; the only difference I care about is more RAM and, even if assuming that the iPad 2 does finally get 512 MB, it’s not enough to make me upgrade either.

As for the white version, I’ve already said that I hate the idea of a white iPhone — because there’s always gonna be a black border between the bezel and the screen, it makes all the sense in the world for the bezel to be black so that the limit between screen and device disappears. In the iPad’s case, it’s even worse than with the iPhone, as the status bar is always black.

And those covers… damn are they ugly. I’m sure the design is convenient, with the way it folds into a stand (though I have a hard time believing that magnets would be enough for the cover to stay in place while the device is tumbling around in a bag), but… who would want to stick that on their brand-new iPad? If anything, I’m waiting for third-party case manufacturers to play with the magnets. (Apple can’t patent them. Can they?)

 

I don’t care much about the new apps, except for one thing: Photo Booth made sense on the Mac, since it went with the integrated iSight — and you’re only ever gonna use that to shoot or film yourself. On iOS, you’re taking pictures of your environment much more often than self-portraits; why restrict the system app’s concept to “Photo Booth” instead of simply adding effects to the Camera app? (I doubt it’s because Apple is afraid to encroach on third-party developers’ sales. It’s never stopped them before.) The idea is just silly. And it’s making for one more system icon that you can’t remove, for an app you’re never going to use.

 

Now the question is: is there something to the rumors of an iPad 3 next fall? It might as well be true, because the rumor’s existence itself is likely to put a damper on the iPad 2’s sales anyway. But there’s going to be proper outrage if Apple makes the new iPad obsolete just six months after it’s been introduced — especially as it’s been presented as a major redesign, instead of the simple spec bump that it really is.

If they release a new iPad before year’s end, they’ll have been somewhat dishonest today. If they don’t, rumormongers will have cost them actual money, more so than ever.

There’s no winning this one.

 

I'm not sure there was enough in this keynote for me to make a blog post about it.

 

I think it's time to accept that my body doesn't like caffeine anymore.

 

Damn. No stream on apple.com, and Gdgt doesn't do live keynotes anymore (because it "confused people" as to what Gdgt was — useless).

 

Non, CDiscount, mon colis n'est certainement pas "en préparation" depuis cinq jours. Il est clairement en "on dort dans l'entrepôt."

 

Ah, the Beyond Good & Evil remake is out. Now I must decide whether to buy it. Hadn't been ecstatic when I played the first levels on PS2.

 

My trackpad suddenly doesn't feel clicky anymore. I guess it had a bad night and woke up thinking: why resist the downforce?

 

1 mar.

Now that the cat's done being in heat, I'm rubbing my wet cock all over her while she's sleeping. Ah, sweet vengYOWWWWW CLAWS! CALL 911!

 

Love and Other Drugs — That was… really annoying to watch. Like the world needed a Hangover version of Love Story.

 

Reading 2010, seriously annoyed that the book retcons 2001 to include the (small, but stupid) changes from the movie.

 

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